National Wildfire Coordinating Group

S-330, Task Force / Strike Team Leader, 2014

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This course is designed to meet the training requirements outlined in NIMS: Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1 and the position task books developed for the positions of Task Force Leader and Strike Team Leader. Most examples and exercises in this package are specific to wildland fire suppression, although some all-hazards exercises are included.


  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the Risk Management Process found in the Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461 to various incidents.
  • Identify and describe the responsibilities of a Task Force/Strike Team Leader (TFLD/STCR, STEN, STEQ).
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate tactics with assigned resources organized into strike teams or task forces.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as task force leader (TFLD) or any strike team leader. 

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as any single resource boss.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment and pre-course work.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



S-330 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-course work 1
Pre-selection assessment 1
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 19-20.5
Total Hours 21-22.5

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

Lead instructor must be a qualified Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS).

Unit instructors must be qualified as Strike Team Leader (STCR, STEQ, STEN) or Task Force Leader (TFLD).

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.

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Previous Certification Dates:

  • 2005-10
  • 1996-09


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